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Jubilee (1978)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | February 1978 (UK)
Queen Elisabeth I travels 400 years into the future to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London overrun by corruption and a vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk.

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Derek Jarman

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Derek Jarman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Runacre ... Queen Elizabeth I / Bod
Nell Campbell ... Crabs (as Little Nell)
Toyah Willcox ... Mad
Jordan Jordan ... Amyl Nitrite
Hermine Demoriane Hermine Demoriane ... Chaos
Ian Charleson ... Angel
Karl Johnson ... Sphinx
Linda Spurrier Linda Spurrier ... Viv
Neil Kennedy Neil Kennedy ... Max
Jack Birkett Jack Birkett ... Borgia Ginz (as Orlando)
Jayne County Jayne County ... Lounge Lizard (as Wayne County)
Richard O'Brien ... John Dee
David Brandon ... Ariel (as David Haughton)
Helen Wellington-Lloyd Helen Wellington-Lloyd ... Lady in Waiting
Adam Ant ... Kid
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Storyline

From the distant 16th century, Queen Elisabeth I summons the spirit Ariel with the aid of the court's alchemist, the sage Doctor John Dee, to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London drowned in filth and plagued with crime. As a result, the Queen horrified with the vivid vision of a broken-down British Empire, asks to travel beyond the veil of time, some 400 years into the future, to see firsthand, that in this futuristic and horrendous new order, the capital is overrun by a corrupt police and that an autonomous vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk, Bod, has declared a multi-levelled open war. Now that Britain is practically a wasteland, where is her Majesty, the righteous Queen Elisabeth II? Written by Nick Riganas

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Jubilee. It will excite your senses and terrify your soul! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Music

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jubileum See more »

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Budget:

£200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Vivienne Westwood was openly critical of Jubilee, feeling that it was boring and completely misinterpreted the punk movement, and went so far as to create a t-shirt that features her very negative opinion. This "Open T-Shirt To Derek Jarman from Vivienne Westwood" is now in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. See more »

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After the policemen shoot Angel and Sphinx dead, Sphinx's eyes blink before the camera cuts away. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Ariel: [narrating] There and back. There and back. The waves break on the shores of England. The white cliffs stand against the void. We gaze seaward contemplating the night journey. The sun sinks lower. The moon awaits to make her entrance. In the south at Tilly Whim a picture of wind on the sea. In the west a vision of silver dew falling into a chalice flowing on a sea of pure gold. In the east a black hoarfrost, the sun eclipsed by the wings of the phoenix. In the north a howling chaos ...
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Referenced in Brows Held High: The Doom Generation (2011) See more »

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Deutscher Girls
Performed by Adam and the Ants
Written by Adam Ant (as Ant)
Produced by Guy Ford
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mixed responses
9 May 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Jubilee, being a Derek Jarman film, obviously sets out to shock. An assorted set of punks and deviants live together in a garish open plan hell festooned with pictures of Hitler. Mad, an orange haired punkette (Toyah Wilcox, these days much more toned down and almost normal) and Amyl Nitrate (played by the unusual Jordan), a very weird lady who dreams of being a ballerina and talks about Myra Hindley, fight with each other. The regal Bod (Jenny Runacre, very good in this in both roles) doubles as Queen Elizabeth, wandering with her soothsayer John Dee (Richard O'Brien) and emotionless angel Arial, through a Britain tottering on the brink of revolution as the Silver Jubilee hits. Other dotty characters include Viv, an artist, and Angel and Sphinx (Linda Spurrier, Ian Charleson and Karl Johnson, who all went more mainstream than this later in their careers), who seem to do very little. Little Nell plays little whore Crabs, and Adam Ant plays slow-witted Kid, who is adopted by the freaks into their little gang. Cue a lot of raucous music, satirical comment on the media and the establishment, and a fair amount of unpleasant murder. And some plastic petunias. It does have its moments, but as a whole it is a bit of a mess. For visual style and flair it scores highly, but on everything else maybe the jury is still out.


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